Hhmmm, I thought that, provided your media includes the Fall 2015 update (Threshold 2 10586.0), it will accept your Windows 7 key. Have you actually tried doing this?
Tried this - no joy.
I might suggest that you ask at the Microsoft forums; it makes no sense that, if they are going to allow you to upgrade without a separate key, why they won't let you install from scratch using the old key...
I am interested on your case, please send me the current BIOS version of the NUC and reply with the results of Intel® System Support Utility
I will do a test in our lab with the same NUC model.
Install Windows® 10 from scratch using a bootable USB or DVD/CD Rom.
It is necessary to change BIOS settings as follow:
BIOS>BOOT>Boot Configuration tab and change OS selection to Windows® 8.x/Windows®10 save changes.
Let me know how it goes.
Hi Mike C,
Have done that and is how I am running the NUC now. Just wondering if it possible to do the upgrade on this device as would then be able to upgrade to 10 for free. AS is needed to buy the software to have it licensed.
Well at least I can boot into Windows 7 by using the other drive.
The NUC is cheap at the moment could get another and have it running Windows 7. Do not need high performance as do a bit of programming and use it for Ham radio applications
I was in the same situation - and I did not want to spend additional 200 USD for Windows 10 as I had previously a Windows 7 Ultimate version.
This topic is more related to a software issue than NUC HW, I have the latest NUC6i5SYH Skylake one without any USB 2 connectors.
What you have to do is the following:
0. create an ISO image from your W7 install media
1. create a bootable (UEFI) windows 7 USB disk with Rufus - with GPT settings - using the previously created ISO file.
2. you need to injectUSB 3 and (for me) NVME drivers to the install media. Basically Windows 7 does not support USB 3 natively booting from the install media, (also not NVME)
you have to use DISM commands or DISMGUI interface (DISM GUI - Home) to insert those drivers. This is the hardest part "not to miss anything"
Very important is to check the downloaded USB3 for Win7 drivers package with right click on the file and select Properties and Check Security status. If there is the message “This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer”, click “Unblock”.
3. install Win7 - then upgrade to Win 10 with downloading and full reinstalling it.
The below links will help more and having detailed instrauction
Hope it helped
Have a spare SATA drive so will try the method you suggest.
Have a working copy of windows 10 running on the NUC at the moment but will never the less give it a go. Shall crack it one way or the other.